Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Well, its been a few weeks since my brother died and I'm still not quite back into the swing of things. I still have a few things to take care of for him, which I hope to do this week. I still can't believe he's gone. Shortly after he died, my husband and I both lost our last remaining grandparents. Three deaths within a month.
My health problems have escalated as well, I'm sure as a result of the additional stress. My sleep issues are worse, my blood pressure is worse, and I gained back a few pounds. My diet is not the problem. My activity and energy level is the culprit. My bloodwork came back and i'm anemic again, and borderline diabetic. Add in the lack of sleep and that explains my lethargy. I'm doing a sleep study here shortly, even though I know that if I can just drop another 20-30 lbs most all of my issues would likely go away. I have nobody here to kick my butt and make me get in gear, though, so its easy to not push myself to do stuff if I just don't feel motivated. I took a fall on Sunday at church, tumbling down a flight of brick steps. Luckily other than some nasty scrapes and bruises and soreness, I wasn't hurt. Keeping me moving around though is helping with the stiffness and soreness. I won't be wearing shorts though anytime soon. Both my legs are pretty banged up. I'm just glad I didn't break anything.
I have made some progress around the house this week though so that is helping. Ever since we moved in my house has been clutter central. It drives me crazy. The problem is that I haven't really been able to tackle the clutter issues because it has been about all I can do to maintain the basic stuff like laundry, dishes, etc. I've finally been able to do a little this week. Monday was beautiful outside so I made all the kids come out and work with me. We have a back porch that is 10x24. Its huge. It's also been the place to drop everything under the sun. Christmas decorations boxes were put out there and never put away, I had sewing cabinets and treadles out there I hadn't moved to the guest house, extra military gear was there, etc. I got it all cleared out, swept, cleaned the furniture that belongs out there, assembled two adirondack chairs and painted them for out there, painted my rocking chair and got that moved to the front porch. It was a royal pain in the rear to get those christmas decorations into the guest house attic but I managed to do it.
Yesterday I cleaned about 40% of my closet and eliminated one clutter pile in my bedroom. We have got to get out of the habit of dropping stuff wherever and getting around to putting it away someday. Part of the issue is that we moved into a construction zone, and literally had to move everything out of our bedroom into the living room, etc one room at a time, and its been a year since we finished and it has never been properly put together once all the work was done. Every room in the house was shuffled into other parts of the house at one point in time so it started out as a jumbled mess and I've been unable to recover since then.
I decided I'm having a huge estate/yard sale this month. I have boxes and boxes of stuff just waiting for a sale so I'm tired of staring at it and I want the space back. I have tons of kids stuff and baby stuff, plus this entire estate I acquired so there's lots of money just sitting here waiting for someone to find use in it all. I need a vacation and I want this sale to finance all of it. I've decided to sell off several of my machines as well. I have way too many and I'm going to focus on the older treadles i have instead of just a wide variety of stuff. I sold 3 already and someone's coming Saturday to hopefully buy another couple. Some friends are going to bring stuff over as well so I hope to have a good turnout.
Its raining again today so I'm going to continue to work in the house, getting some pictures up on the walls that I've been walking past for a year as they sit stacked on the floor, hop on the treadmill while I watch Glenn Beck, and get one of my sewing machines set up in a permanent (until I move it all out to the guest house) and get an order or two knocked out.